The Peoples Democratic Party has described the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed as a hypocrite for accusing opposition parties of hate speeches.
The party said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari, instead, are the ones who are champions of hate speeches.
PDP frowned that APC and Buhari, who employed all forms of campaign of calumny in desperation to oust former President Goodluck Jonathan, could now turn to accuse others of what they themselves are masters of.
The party was reacting to a statement made by Mohammed, wherein he alleged that there was a multi-billion naira project targeted at running down Buhari’s government.
The information minister then alleged that the current hate speeches, disinformation and fake news, were part of the plot to destabilise the government by opposition political parties in the country.
PDP, through its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, condemned the statement by Mohammed and recalled how the Minister had, as the spokesperson for the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria and the APC before he was appointed a minister, indulged in hate speeches.
“In case Lai Mohammed has forgotten, let us remind him and his parties, the ACN and the APC that in their desperate quest to grab power by all means, organised and carried out a series of campaigns of calumny as the opposition designed to mislead the public, discredit the person and office of past PDP-led administrations especially, that of the immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in order to cause disaffection amongst Nigerians against his government.
“Mohammed as the spokesman for the ACN at a press conference in April 2013, raised a false alarm alleging that the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Jonathan had awarded an oil pipeline protection contract to serve as a smokescreen in funding activities that would create chaos in the South-West region.
“Of course, it turned out that no such contract was ever awarded by the Jonathan administration,” the statement read in part.
Adeyeye went further to accuse President Buhari of making hate speeches that led to a wide spread violence and killings of Nigerians in the 2011 general elections.
Buhari had also allegedly said ahead 2015 general elections while addressing his supporters, “God willing, by 2015, something will happen. They either conduct a free and fair election or they go a very disgraceful way. If what happened in 2011 (alleged rigging) should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.’’